Diary August 17, 1917

Zeppelin L58

World War One Diary for Friday, August 17, 1917: Air War Germany: Kaiser decides Navy will be limited to 25 Zeppelins and only build replacements every 2 months instead of 2 per month. Macedonia­: Anglo-French aircraft bomb various targets (until… learn more

Diary August 16, 1917

Wilhelm Groener

World War One Diary for Thursday, August 16, 1917: Home Fronts Germany: OHL remove General Groener from War Office (to 33rd Division at Verdun), General Scheuch succeeds, but put under War Minister on August 22. Britain: Prime Minister speech on… learn more

Diary August 15, 1917

US-Soldaten marschieren durch London

World War One Diary for Wednesday, August 15, 1917: Politics Britain: US troops pass through London. War Cabinet decides to send 8 guns to Russia (none sent since March and 150 promised). France: Dmowski’s Polish National Committee set up in… learn more

Diary August 14, 1917

ruins of Termond

World War One Diary for Tuesday, August 14, 1917: Eastern Front Rumania: German Alpenkorps storms Height 334 as Russian VIII Corps flees. Sea War Germany: Scheer writes to Navy Minister Capelle urging a ‘political prosecution’ of the USPD (Independent Social… learn more

Diary August 13, 1917

French railroad gun

World War One Diary for Monday, August 13, 1917: Western Front Verdun: French 2,400-gun bombardment begins (including 1,100 heavy gun) on 12 1/2-mile front until August 20. German artillery fire response 1 million rounds (2,500t) mustard gas shells at French… learn more

Diary August 12, 1917

Ex-Tsar Nicholas on the way to Siberia

World War One Diary for Sunday, August 12, 1917: Home Fronts Russia: Ex-Tsar with family moved to Abalak Monastery, Tobolsk, Siberia. Sea War North Sea: Destroyer HMS Oracle rams and sinks U-44 off South Norway coast. Biscay: 2 French destroyers… learn more

Diary August 11, 1917

advanced German patrol

World War One Diary for Saturday, August 11, 1917: Western Front Ypres: German counter­-attacks east of Ypres, part of Glencorse Wood recaptured. Eastern Front Rumania: Mackensen forces river Sereth at one point, claims 7,000 PoWs. Rumanian Royal Family leaves Jassy.… learn more

Diary August 10, 1917

General Sir Edmund Allenby

World War One Diary for Friday, August 10, 1917: Middle East Palestine: Allenby told he will get a division from Salonika, must ‘strike the Turks as hard as possible’; he moves GHO from Cairo 200 miles to Kelab near Front… learn more

Diary August 9, 1917

situation in Russia is totally unclear

World War One Diary for Thursday, August 9, 1917: Eastern Front Rumania: Mackensen beyond river Susitza threatens Allied rear. Lieutenant Rommel wounded in left arm but carries on for two weeks. Southern Front Salonika: 3 Bulgar howitzers at 5-mile range… learn more

Diary August 8, 1917

Turkish officers on the eastern front.

World War One Diary for Wednesday, August 8, 1917: Eastern Front Galicia: Turk 20th Division hands over its sector to German 24th Reserve Division (night August 8-9) before leaving for Constantinople on September 11. Rumania – Third Battle of Oituz… learn more

Diary August 7, 1917

factory for artillery shells

World War One Diary for Tuesday, August 7, 1917: Home Fronts Britain: Churchill sees Clyde deportee Kirkwood, makes him Miie-End London shell factory manager on August 10 and by late September it has the highest production in country. Southern Fronts… learn more

Diary August 6, 1917

August von Mackensen

World War One Diary for Monday, August 6, 1917: Eastern Front Rumania – Battle of Marasesti second phase begins (­until September 3): Mackensen (12 divisions with 865 guns) storms positions north of Focsani, as Russian Fourth Army (Ragoza) flees, advances… learn more

Diary August 5, 1917

Turkish light artillery

World War One Diary for Sunday, August 5, 1917: Middle East Armenia: Russian troops being withdrawn to Europe acroos the Caucasus. In August British estimate 123,500 effective Russian infantry vs 64,000 Turks. Nihad Pasha takes over Turk Second Army for… learn more

Diary August 4, 1917

destroyer 'Towrer

World War One Diary for Saturday, August 4, 1917: Sea War Irish Sea: UC-44 sunk on UC-42 mines off Waterford after Room 40 sends bogus signal in code Germans discovered to be breaking. New FFB signal book recovered from wreck… learn more

Diary August 3, 1917

ritish staff officer demonstrates a German helmet and trench armour

World War One Diary for Friday, August 3, 1917: Western Front Artois: British success on ‘Infantry Hill’. Unsuccessful Allied attack astride the Scarpe on August 9. Ypres: German 2nd Guard Reserve Division reduced to 2,208 men including 600 sick. British… learn more

Diary August 2, 1917

Sopwith Strutter with side-slips

World War One Diary for Thursday, August 2, 1917: Air War North Sea – First aircraft landing on a ship steaming: RNAS Squadron-Commander Dunning’s Sopwith Pup side-slips onto HMS Furious (repeat attempt in stronger headwind kills him on August 7).… learn more

Diary August 1, 1917

Benedict XV

World War One Diary for Wednesday, August 1, 1917: Politics Papal peace note to combatants (sent August 9, published August 14): Kaiser supports on August 17, but Allies very critical. Britain replies on August 23 and Wilson rejects on August… learn more